Title: Shadowcry (Wintercraft #1)
Author: Jenna Burtenshaw
Release: June 21st 2011 (first published May 13th 2010, UK)Buy the Book at: Book Depository / Chapters.Indigo / Barnes & Noble / Amazon
Kate Winters isn’t who she thinks she is. Burned out of her family bookstore by a suspicious fire, she will be pursued across a country riddled by fear and war before she discovers the extent of her skill and her destiny. Her pursuers include Silas Dane—one of the most compelling villains since Rowling’s Professor Snape and Pullman’s Mrs. Coulter—and Edgar, a young man who worked at the bookshop and who seems to know much more about the secrets of Wintercraft (a mysterious book that has been in Kate’s family for generations; a book responsible for the disappearance of her parents years ago) than he lets on.
|Wintercraft (Shadowcry) UK edition|
Shadowcry by Jenna Burtenshaw really surprised me from beginning to end. I had no idea that I would like this book so much. This is because the only thing I new about the book was that it was about a girl who could see the world of the dead. Sounds original? Not really, I have read a couple of books with female characters with similar skills. But Oh God! you have to believe me! Shadowcry is a whole new world!
Kate Winter is the only pure blood left of the Winter line. The Winter is a line with the ability to see through the Veil. In other words, they can see the world of the dead. Kate, by being the only pure blood left of the line, is the most powerful one to see and go through such veil. Also, In Kate's world there is book that has been hidden for years. This is a book that posses all the knowledge and power of the Winter line. Kate, as the last pure blood, is the key to accomplish Da'ru and Silas' goals. Silas is supposed to be the bad guy in Shadowcry. In fact, if he has to torture babies to get what he want, he'll do it. He is supposed to take Kate to Da'ru and to the High Council so they can use her against the war that has been going on for years in the city of Albion. However, Silas at the same time plans to get what he wants which has nothing to do with Da'ru). He chases Kate over and over again, he hides her from Da'ru, he burns Kate's house, take her prisoner, sell her uncle as a slave and blackmail her to kill everyone she cares about. But through their time together, little by little we get to know more about Silas and his reasons to why he needs Kate and the Wintercraft book so badly.
I really really loved this book! Kate and Silas are very interesting and intelligent characters. By the end of the book, we ended up loving Silas. The paradox in this character is one of the thing I most loved about this book. The imaginary in Shadowcry makes of this book a place you would really like live in (regardless the war). Beautifully detailed and great side characters like Edgar, Da'ru, Artemis and even Silas' crow! I love that crow! I want one for myself! Shadowcry is one of those few books I've read that contains zero romance but let me tell you right now that this didn't bother me at all. However, there are relationships in the Shadowcry that get stronger towards the end. I think these relationships could bloom into something romantic in Wintercraft #2. Go Team Silas!
Read this book!.I highly recommend it and I know that you'll be dying for its sequel as much as me! (The sequel is already out in the UK) ;)
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